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Ready to BBQ? Should you pick a patio or a wood deck for your new home?

Pool PatioAre you ready to fire up the BBQ? As the summer approaches, many who own Idaho real estate are turning their attention to their outdoor landscaping, hoping to enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months. Whether renovating or adding to your backyard space, how do you choose whether a patio or wood deck is the best investment?

Meridian Home with PatioUnderstanding Basic Patio Options

Patios are relatively inexpensive additions to a home’s backyard. While in the past, patio materials were limited to basic concrete. But today, homeowners have a variety of selections to consider. Options have expanded to include colors, stains, stamps and stencilled concretes. Another popular option for a patio is pavers. You can choose a single patio option, or add visual interest with mixing materials together. For example, you could choose a stamped or stencilled option surrounding a paver layout or simple concrete option. For larger backyards, multiple colors, textures and patterns will add interest and depth to your backyard space. Many home improvement stores offer free design services, giving you ideas to consider before purchasing or installing your backyard patio. Or, you can consider hiring an independent designer to layout your space. While patio options are affordable choices for improving your outdoor space, wood decks are equally as popular and can be added to a patio, or built independently in your yard.

Understanding Wood Decks

Boise Home with Porch DeckWood decks can add instant value to your home. With virtually unlimited design options, you can truly build a style that suits your outdoor living habits. The first step when adding a wood deck to your Idaho property is to choose between wood and composite materials. If you are seeking solid wood options, review both cedar and exotic wood options in addition to wood tiles. Each type of wood design will offer a different aesthetic appeal as well as durability detail. If you are seeking a low maintenance material, consider installing wood composite on your deck. Wood composite materials are a newer deck option that looks and feels like wood, yet it reduces or eliminates common problems with wood such as rot, ultimately leading to the need to rip out and reinstall the structure. For easy to install deck options, consider wood tiles or composite materials.

Whether you are searching Boise homes for sale or are looking to enhance your Idaho property, having a basic understanding of backyard patio and wood deck options will enable you to enhance your backyard experience.

Kevin Hughes

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